The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation (SCHF) is thrilled to celebrate and produce the 25th Annual Over the River Run. The Foundation along with many sponsors and volunteers present this very special community venture. This event welcomes hundreds to the City of Vicksburg and will serve as a wonderful family event. It will take place on Saturday, October 12th at 8:00 am and begins at the Old Mississippi River Bridge located at I-20 and Washington Street.
As a special thank you to the participants, all race finishers will receive a beautiful 25th Anniversary commemorative medal for completing either the run or walk.
This unique run follows a scenic course heading west across the Mississippi River to Delta, Louisiana and then returns back to the finish line. The event involves a 5-mile run, 5-mile walk and a one-mile fun run for kids. Complimentary entertainment, fun and refreshments for all runners, walkers and volunteers will follow the race in the Ameristar Delta Point parking lot. Musical entertainment will be provided by the party band, Slaphappy, and inflatable surprises for kids will be on hand.
Registration is now open. The entry fees are $25 Individual, $15 Kids Registration (10 & under), $55 Family pre-race registration (limit of 5), and $75 Corporate/Civic Club Team Pre-race fee (3-5 members). A $5 late charge will apply to entries that are postmarked after October 1st. The first 500 registered participants will receive an official Over the River Run T-shirt in a special goodie bag filled with specialty items from local sponsors. Early registration is strongly encouraged to secure a place at the event. Entry forms and complete event details are available by visitingwww.southernculture.org/events/otrr.htm . Entry forms and fees can be dropped off at Just Duett Sports or mailed to SCHF, 1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180 or register online at www.active.com. Race packet pick-up will be October 11 at the SCHF Auditorium (corner of Crawford and Cherry Streets) from 4:00pm-7:00pm and also the morning of the race.
The run has acquired a number of verygenerous financial sponsors. The Diamond Sponsors are Ameristar Casino and Hotel and Mississippi Development Authority/Tourism Division; Platinum sponsors are Anderson-Tully Lumber Co, BlueCross Blue Shield of Mississippi, River Region Health System, and Shape Up Vicksburg; Gold Sponsors are Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg and Vicksburg Post; Silver Sponsor is Diamond Jacks Casino; Bronze Sponsors are Falco Lime, MEA Medical Clinics, Mutual Credit Union, New York Life/Stan Kline, and Trustmark National Bank. Additional sponsors include Budweiser, City of Vicksburg, Coca-Cola, Coomes Produce, Gulf States Golf Cars, Waste Management, and Woodmen of the World. Many volunteers are needed in many areas of the organizing of the event.
The Over the River Run is an extremely important fundraiser for the SCHF and a very special community event. After expenses, proceeds from the race will go toward the rehabilitation of the Southern Cultural Heritage Center and the many maintenance issues of the five historic buildings of the Center in the heart of downtown Vicksburg.